Chairman’s Message: The State of the U.S.-Japan Alliance

Categories: Chairman's Message, Sasakawa USA Blog

This month’s Chairman’s Statement is an edited version of remarks given by Adm. Dennis Blair at the conclusion of the Sixth Annual Sasakawa USA Security Forum, held on April 24, 2019 in Washington, D.C. Adm. Blair provides analysis of the current state of the U.S.-Japan alliance.

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Sixth Annual Sasakawa USA Security Forum

Join Sasakawa USA on April 24, 2019, at the Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington, D.C., for the Sixth Annual Sasakawa USA Security Forum. The day-long event will feature key experts and officials from government, business, think tanks, and academia as they discuss and debate future challenges for the United States and Japan.

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Security Threats in the Western Pacific: A Former III MEF Commander’s Perspective

On February 13, 2019, Sasakawa USA hosted LtGen Lawrence Nicholson (USMC, ret.), former Commander of the III Marine Expeditionary Force (2015-2018), for a Policy Lunch Series event on “Security Threats in the Western Pacific: A Former III MEF Commander’s Perspective.” Chris Rodeman, Research Fellow at Sasakawa USA, moderated the discussion.

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Chairman’s Message: What Japan’s Third National Defense Program Guidelines Should Have Said

Author: Admiral Dennis Blair

Categories: Chairman's Message, Sasakawa USA Blog

Although there are many positive features of the NDPG, they are inadequate in the very important area of achieving joint operations by the Self Defense Force. NDPG documents are always the tip of an iceberg, indicating the presence of much more substance unseen below the water line. However even tips of icebergs indicate overall direction and speed. The 2019 NDPG show a positive direction for Japanese joint capabilities, but the speed is disappointingly slow, much too slow for the security environment that the document itself accurately describes.

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‘Why Japan Will Spend Billions on F-35s’ published in the National Journal

Categories: In the News, Sasakawa USA Blog

Mackenzie Weinger, Policy Editor for the National Journal, was one of eight rising U.S. journalists covering U.S. national security and defense issues who participated in a week-long study trip to Japan in December 2018 as part of the Sasakawa USA Emerging Experts Delegation (SEED) program. Weinger published “Why Japan Will Spend Billions on F-35s” in the National Journal on December 19, 2018.

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